MDC partners with NWTF to offer JAKES youth seminar near Milan March 31

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MILAN, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) invites youth ages 6-15 to register for a day of FREE fun at Locust Creek Conservation Area.

The NWTF JAKES program, or Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship, works with MDC to get youth outdoors and provide opportunities to pass on traditions of responsible hunting, principles of habitat management, and hunting ethics and safety.

The event on Saturday, March 31, will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Locust Creek Conservation Area Lake, Parking Lot G, west of Delta Drive between Redwood Road and River Road.

Participants will have opportunities for archery shooting, fishing, skeet shooting, shotgun patterning, and a turkey calling demo. Lunch and all equipment will be provided for class participants at no cost. If participants want to pattern their shotguns, they should bring their own firearms and select ammunition.

Preregistration is required by calling Sullivan County Conservation Agent Sean Ernst at (573) 673-7588.

Learn more about NWTF JAKES programs for youth at, and find more information about how MDC works to provide all Missourians with free opportunities to discover nature at